At Morehouse Farm Merino Wool, we are NOT getting into plastics.
But we came up with a way to use our knitting skills and help preserve
the environment at the same time. And we wanted to share our ideas for
a greener life with you.
Length: to suit height of dog (and dog walker!)
Crochet Hook: I or J (or larger); 5.5 mm or 6.0 mm
Other Material: clasp (new ones are available at hardware
stores, or use clasp from a broken or worn leash)
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(not including handles)
Needle: 24" circular #15 and
24" circular needle #10 or #11
Gauge: don't bother!
Handles and Top Border: start with the smaller needle and use strong plastic strips (strips cut from heftier plastic shopping bag; or use 2 strips together) and cast on 90 stitches. Join and knit 6 rounds. Next round: knit 12 stitches, bind off the next 21 stitches loosely, knit 24 stitches, then bind off the next 21 stitches and knit remaining 12 stitches. Next round: knit the first 12 stitches, then cast on 5 stitches using e-loop cast-on; knit the next 24 stitches and cast on 5 stitches again; then knit the remaining 12 stitches. You now have 58 stitches. Knit 3 or 4 more rounds with smaller needle.
Body of Bag: switch to #15 needle and use ordinary plastic strips and knit until bag measures 18” from cast-on edge. Bind off using three-needle bind off as follows: put the 2 tips of the circular needle parallel to each other—one behind the other—with half the stitches on the front tip and the other half of the stitches on the back tip. Use the smaller needle and bind off stitches from front needle together with stitches on needle in back (in other words: you’ll knit first stitch together with last stitch, next knit second stitch together with second to last stitch; now bind off first stitch. Knit third stitch together with third to last stitch, and bind off second stitch, etc. Pull plastic strip through last stitch and pull end through to inside of bag. Tie together with last bind-off stitch. Then cut end, leaving a short tuft. And that’s it!
Finishing: decorate side of bag with beach finds: shells, sea stars, etc. (they are available at crafts stores). Use glue for stars and drill small holes into shells then sew on like buttons using strong sewing thread.
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